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Updated March 27, 2020
Rule number one? You can’t take a trip to Cartagena without embracing Colombia’s fantastic cuisine! Explore the highlights of Cartagena’s quaint cafes, hipster bars, and delicious street food—shoot us a message if you have any questions!
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Cartagena is home to Colombia’s best seafood
Besides beautiful beaches and fantastic nightlife, Cartagena’s coast is also home to prime fishing locations, making it one of the best places in Colombia for seafood.
Cartagena’s must-try dishes are cazuela de mariscos, a deliciously coconutty seafood casserole, and pargo frito, fried red snapper typically served with plantains and coconut rice. Stop by Marea by Rausch, a well-known seafood restaurant, for the best of both.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try ceviche from La Cevichería, a mix of fresh seafood, cooked to perfection with citrus.
Coffee lover? Cartagena is the place for you!
Colombian coffee is world-renowned, and Cartagena’s caffeine selection is no exception.
Cartagena is particularly known for its fritanga or fried food—usually a platter of meats, bread, and cheese.
Another popular street food is arepa, a masa patty, stuffed with meat, cheese, or (a Cartagena specialty) eggs.
Your local Colombian Hero can help you find the best street vendors, but many are located in Old Town or Getsemani.
Brunch it up
Did you really go to Cartagena if you didn’t do brunch Colombian-style?
Try Epoca Espresso Bar in lovely El Centro, known for its rich coffee and delicious breakfast. If you’re craving something sweet, try the chocolate con queso, a delicious mix of hot chocolate and rich white cheese.